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Consumer loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs

By Mateja Ule In the past years, Slovenian courts have been faced with several actions filed by consumers requesting the court to declare loan agreements denominated in Swiss francs null and void. While the courts of first and second instance seemed to struggle to find a common approach in assessing the validity of Swiss francs loan […]

Are robots writing your will?

By Aidan Grant Law firm VWV conducted a poll which found that the majority of people asked are wary about the use of artificial intelligence in the preparation of wills, with almost a third of respondents saying that they would not want any artificial involvement at all. It must be said that, as with many stories, […]

Adjudication decisions: Avoiding enforcement where the money may disappear

By Michael Bennett The losing party in an adjudication always asks one question – do we really have to pay?  In most cases the answer will be yes, but the list of reasons for saying no just got slightly longer. The recent Court of Appeal case of Gosvenor London Limited v Aygun Aluminium UK Limited [2018] EWCA […]

Data Protection Officer: Bar Association makes announcement on overlapping roles

The General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association («PBA») has finally announced its position on the situation of lawyers who act as Data Protection Officers («DPOs»). This announcement clarifies the PBA’s understanding on holding the position of DPO while practising as a lawyer. The PBA’s position appears in Opinion no. 14/PP/2018-G, published on 28 September […]

Cayman Islands economic substance requirements

By Nick Rogers, David McIntyre From 1 January 2019, new legislation will come into effect in the Cayman Islands, requiring in-scope entities that carry on particular activities to have demonstrable economic substance in Cayman. The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law, 2018 was passed on 17 December 2018, after an extensive process of consultation with the EU […]

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Case of the week

Sylvester Stallone’s former servants are suing the star for nearly £1m claiming they were unfairly dismissed. According to the lawsuit, Stallone and his wife had a code of conduct, dubbed “The Emperor’s Ten Commandments”, which forbade employees having eye contact with the Rocky star and demanded that they search guests’ suitcases for towels and silverware […]

Arts group in VAT battle

A VAT battle between Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and the Commissioners for Customs and Excise is under consideration by the House of Lords. The Lords are deciding whether to grant leave for an appeal by LIPA against an Appeal Court ruling in March this year that advertising and publicity services supplied to LIPA […]

The case for partnership

Not long ago, the bar occupied subsidised premises maintained by the Inns, under periodic tenancies which placed the burden of capital expenditure on the landlord Inns, with self-employed senior clerks and few employees or other common expenses beyond those of the office and a library. The cost of the library was limited by ready access […]

In brief: Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse has poached clinical negligence assistant Caroline Moore from rival Yorkshire firm Wake Smith. Moore says: “I am looking forward to challenges from 1 August when legal aid will only be available to clients of firms with clinical negligence teams.”

Freshfields team heads to US for death row case

Freshfields is flying a team of top lawyers to Florida this week to demand a retrial for a British national who has been on death row for 10 years. The head of the firm’s EU law litigation unit Paul Lomas and firm manager Jill Marsh will lead a team of lawyers working on a pro […]

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